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or haj, hadj

[haj] /hædʒ/
noun, plural hajjes.
the pilgrimage to Mecca, which every adult Muslim is supposed to make at least once in his or her lifetime: the fifth of the Pillars of Islam.
Origin of hajj
First recorded in 1665-75, hajj is from the Arabic word ḥajj pilgrimage Unabridged
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noun (pl) hajjes, hadjes
the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim is required to make at least once in his life, provided he has enough money and the health to do so
Word Origin
from Arabic hajj pilgrimage
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Word Origin and History for haj



"pilgrimage to Mecca," from Arabic hajj "pilgrimage," from hajja "he went on a pilgrimage." Related to Hebrew haghagh "he made a pilgrimage, celebrated a feast," hagh "a gathering." One who has made it is a hajji.

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